Business Expo stays busy

STEUBENVILLE – Eighteen area businesses and organizations offered information about services Saturday during the 13th-annual Business Expo, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, at the Fort Steuben Mall.

The expo continues today from noon until 3 p.m.

Deanne Conrad, chamber investor relations coordinator, said there was slightly less businesses at the expo Saturday because other expos are going on in the area. The business expo provides stores and organizations a way to help cultivate contacts with the general public.

“It gives people an opportunity to see what new businesses have to offer and new things existing businesses have,” Conrad said.

Mike Menzel of Pier Aviation of Wintersville spent Saturday handing out information to people about his aviation school and sight seeing services.

“We are hoping this is a good way to get to the public. We thought it was a good way to get our name out there and get some recognition,” Menzel said.

Mary Krauskopf of Jefferson Behavioral Health System said she had a lot of people stopping by getting information on drug and alcohol addiction and mental health services and discussing where people can go for help.

David Geer, Air Excellence manager, had information available on geo thermal heating and cooling and duct cleaning. He offered visitors a chance to win an ultraviolet light that is placed in ducts to kill mold and bacteria.

“It has been a pretty good turnout so far,” he said.

Chris Marquis, Carriage Inn Home Care facilitator of Wintersville, said she spent Saturday explaining the services available, including skilled nursing, private duty nurses and occupational, speech and physical therapy.

“It is a good way to get the message out to people,” Marquis said about the Business Expo. “We were here last year and got calls from people who visited us.”

Tim Zifzal, Heritage Complete Home Care of Toronto, said he had a lot of patients who have received the company’s services stop by and give compliments on the help they received.

“That is always nice to hear. We get information on services out to people who may need us. Last year we had several people call back with questions,” Zifzal said.

Marge Bish of Weirton was browsing the tables at the Business Expo, getting information from businesses and organizations.

“I certainly enjoy it. They (businesses) benefit from talking to us and it is good for us to learn about them,” she said.